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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Cellecta announced today that it has been awarded a Phase II SBIR grant from the National Institutes of Health to complete development of a genome-wide CRISPR/Cas9 screening platform that it aims to commercialize by late 2018.

CRISPR/Cas9 involves the use of an enzyme to cause double-strand DNA breaks that induce gene silencing. The process can be targeted to specific areas of the genome using so-called single guide RNAs (sgRNAs).

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